LAKEWOOD, Wash. - A Lakewood man under investigation for dealing drugs wound up behind bars on a weapons charge, after posting pictures of himself posing with rifles on his Facebook page. Now that same man has been implicated in a 2006 cold case rape in Kentucky.
Michael Reid, 28, was arrested last week after police served a search warrant at his home. Detectives investigating Reid checked his Facebook page and spotted pictures of Reid posing with a semiautomatic rifle, and in one case pointing it at the camera taking his picture. “We always look at open source media and Facebook is one of those things we look at to see if we can get evidence,” said Lakewood police Lt. Chris Lawler. Reid is a convicted felon and cannot legally possess a firearm. Reid’s DNA was run through a national database as part of the investigation and came back as a match for a man wanted for the 2006 rape of a 13-year-old Louisville girl. The girl was raped behind a school by a man brandishing a shotgun. Police said the rapist fired a single shot but didn’t hit the girl. Police in Louisville asked Lakewood police to question Reid about the rape. “We did interview him and he confessed to our investigators,” said Lawler. Reid remains in the Pierce County jail awaiting trial. Lawler said it’s not clear when prosecutors in Kentucky will charge and extradite him.